Category: Reconstruction Era

The Reconstruction Years and Civil Rights

“The Civil War was not a mere strife for territory and dominion, but a contest of civilization against barbarism” The reconstruction years cover the period immediately after the end of the Civil War in 1865 until 1877. The south lost the war and its social structure based on the slave system. Its people, white and […] more

“Self-Made Men”

Speech by Frederick Douglass written in 1872.   The subject announced for this evening’s entertainment is not new. Man in one form or another, has been a frequent and fruitful subject for the press, the pulpit and the platform. This subject has come up for consideration under a variety of attractive titles, such as “Great […] more